Cwmaman Community Woodland Group Making Magic in our Memorial Garden and Cwmaman Together!
Cwmaman Community Woodland activities started in 2007 when a number of us in the Village came together to improve the woodland area.
The Group look after the Memorial Garden in Cwmaman as well as preserving, protecting and improving for public benefit the land known as Cwmaman Woodland Area and promote the conservation of the natural plant and life therein.
We also take care of the Sculpture Trail by making sure the existing sculptures are not damaged: we also ensure they do not cause harm. The Sculptures were carved from wood over 10 years ago and are now showing signs of decay. There are two sculptures in the Memorial Garden.
In the Memorial Garden, we dig, tidy, plant and take care of it. Maintain grass area, paint fences, beg, steel and borrow what we can- we ask for donations locally.
We also develop areas to provide habitats for the animals and introduce and encourage native species plants.
We maintain the bottom end of the Sculpture Trail towards Llanwonno Road: this is a shaded area during the summer months, we plant native species that will survive there. Our tools are maintained by our members and are kept in their own homes for added security.
People find out about us:
People find out about what we do at the moment by word of mouth and by seeing us active in the community tidying up and improving flower beds, walk ways, the Sculpture Trail and Memorial Garden, we would like more people to know about us and join us including younger members. All members are currently retired in our group and we would like to attract younger members. Families use the benches on our woodland trail. Our activity is open to all.
Our current focuses are:
- Recruiting new members to the Group
- Working with Cwmaman Primary School, Keep Wales Tidy and our local Councillors to improve the local children’s knowledge of the environment, Cwmaman Woodland area, conservation, plants, animals and gardening.
- Improving the Memorial Garden that is to the rear of St Joseph’s Church, St Joseph’s Terrace, Cwmaman
To support these current activities we received a Grant of £3,941.60 in March (Just before the Covid 19 Pandemic shut down) from the Pen y Cymoedd Community Wind Farm Fund.
March 2020 onwards….
Fortunately we were able to get our local Cwmaman Builder to complete the renovation to the pathway edging on the path very soon after we received the Pen y Cymoedd Grant.
During lockdown two of our members, as part of their daily exercise, have carried out the following in isolation:
- Removed rubbish
- Ann has been weeding and building up the banks
- Geoffrey did the heavy work, taking rubbish away and is re-doing the archway.
- Geoff has also provided a tub full of water to use to water the plants
- Local Residents, as they have walked past the Garden have noticed the improvements and provided Anne with flowers from their gardens to plant.
- Tina has encouraged some local residents to bring plastic bottles filled with water to water the plants and then recycle the bottles – Community working together – taking pride.
Together Anne and Geoffrey’s team work at a distance has been immense.
The difference this has made to our community…
Local residents have made many positive comments including:
‘They’ve made a big difference’
‘It’s looking beautiful – local people are talking about the transformation’.
Local community people whilst passing the Garden have donated plants and provided water, Cwmaman Woodland Group Members have provided support and encouragement. Lots of people have put the improved Memorial Garden on Facebook
People are walking where they do not normally walk: therefore there is more recognition of the Memorial Garden and local people have seen the Garden improvements take place over the weeks. The new path work has been done: this is now a community talking point.
Very noticeable straight away how beautiful everything is – It has the Wow factor!
Anne commented that there were flowers that had not flowered in the Garden for a while – but this year with a little ‘Tender Loving Care’ lots of plants are flowering now that haven’t flowered for years.
More members will hopefully now join us after the Pandemic has gone and our local community will have a beautiful place to visit, to reflect on loved ones and times gone by.
For further information contact Meriel Gough Interlink Community Advice Team and Pen y Cymoedd Supporting Communities Team: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07598 241359